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Real interest rate and labor market performance in developing countries

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  • Feldmann, Horst

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Using data on 68 developing countries from 1979 to 2008 and controlling for a wide array of factors, this paper finds that a rise in the real interest rate increases the unemployment rate and decreases the employment rate. The magnitude of these effects is small. The results are robust to variations in specification.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 200-203

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:1:p:200-203

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Keywords: Employment; Real interest rate; Unemployment;

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  1. Horst Feldmann, 2012. "Product Market Regulation and Labor Market Performance around the World," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 26(3), pages 369-391, 09.

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